NHL Odds: Hurricanes Narrow Favorites Over Lightning In Game 2

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have -115 odds to win Game 2 after dropping the first game of the series.
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning are -105 underdogs to take a 2-0 series lead.

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes will host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay took home the first game of the series but remain slight underdogs at NHL betting sites as they look to extend their series lead.

Carolina Always In Close Games

The Carolina Hurricanes have been in five straight one-goal games, four of which went to overtime. The Hurricanes have struggled to dominate games, even with their first series being against the Nashville Predators, widely considered one of the weaker teams in the playoffs.

Despite the inability to run away with games and losing Game 1, Carolina is slight favorites to even up the series at one game apiece.

Online sportsbooks may have the wrong team favored in this matchup.

Carolina Hurricanes vs Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: CAR -115, TB -105
  • Spread: CAR -1.5 (+225), TB +1.5 (-275)
  • Total: O/U 5.5

How Tampa Bay Wins Game 2

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s offense has been very good this postseason. They have scored an average of 3.71 goals per game, good for second-most in the playoffs. Both teams have allowed 2.57 goals per game, giving Tampa Bay the overall advantage in goal differential.

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The teams have different play styles as the Hurricanes tend to send the puck at the net at every chance. They average 41.7 shots per game (first in the postseason) while the Lightning tend to work for higher-percentage shots. Tampa has the 13th most shots per game (31.0) in the playoffs but still manages to score nearly four goals per game.

The Lightning are also scoring on over 39 percent of their power plays while the Hurricanes have averaged the fourth-most penalty minutes per game (11:25).

Tampa Bay seems to have more paths to a victory in this game and has enough value on the moneyline to garner a bet.

How to Watch

Game 2 of the series will be aired on NBCSN with an expected start time of 7:30 p.m. EST.